Tri-County Roundup

* The SuperStarz children's program of St. Joseph's Community Center in St. Mary's County is seeking crafters to donate items for an arts and crafts fundraiser next Sunday to support the children's benefit dinner and building funds. For information, call 301-997-0743.

* Applications are being taken by the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse for grants to help local community groups fight substance abuse. The deadline for applying is 4 p.m. Dec. 30. If you are interested, call the office at 410-535-3733.

* The Charles County commissioners are seeking county residents to fill two vacancies on the Area Council on Aging, one vacancy on the Board of Trustees for the Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and two vacancies on the Charles County Board of Social Services.

The vacancies on the Area Council on Aging are for residents 60 and older. Members serve four-year terms.

The nine-member Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Board of Trustees conducts and manages the business of the center. Terms are four years.

The nine-member Board of Social Services deals with the policy, programs and problems of the local Department of Social Services. Members serve four-year terms.

If interested in applying for appointment for any of these boards, please send a letter of interest and brief re{acute}sume{acute} by Dec. 20 to Linda Rollins, Clerk to the County Commissioners, Charles County Government Building, P.O. Box 2150, La Plata, Md. 20646, fax to 301-645-0560, or e-mail

For more information, call Rollins at 301-645-0550.

* St. Mary's County Recreation and Park's basketball registration for ninth- and 10th-graders has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Leonardtown Middle School. For more information, call 301-475-4572.

* The Charles County commissioners will conduct a public hearing at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the commissioners' meeting room of the County Government Building in La Plata on a proposal to amend the 1998 Charles County Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan to accommodate the proposed construction of wastewater treatment plant by the county to serve the Jude House and Bel Alton School in Bel Alton.

The proposed plant will have the capacity to treat up to 10,000 gallons of sewage and would replace an existing holding tank and failing septic system. The 10-year Water and Sewerage Plan describes the present and future provision of water and sewer service in the county.

Business Report

* Constellation Energy Group of Baltimore, owner of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, awarded a $10,000 grant to the Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Center at St. Leonard. The grant will fund experimental restoration of a historically productive oyster reef on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The project calls for restoring live oysters to the Flag Pond Oyster Bar, where they had thrived for years before they were undermined by disease.

* Chesapeake Hills Golf Club, the 18-hole public golf course in Lusby managed by Billy Casper Golf, donated 39 turkeys and approximately 65 pounds of dry goods to southern Calvert County families through SMILE Ecumenical Ministries, an outreach ministry of eight local churches.

Chesapeake Hills collected the donations through its first Turkey Tournament, in which 80 players participated. Participants received a 12- to 14-pound turkey when they paid their entry fee, and they were encouraged to donate their turkeys as well as bring a nonperishable food item to the tournament.

"We look forward to renewing this program each fall," said Brian Barto, who was recently named general manager at Chesapeake Hills and who spearheaded the program.

* Comcast Cable Communications recently announced the launching of its high-definition television (HDTV) service in Charles County. HDTV provides video and audio that is clearer, sharper and more vibrant than regular signals. Service is available, at no additional cost, for customers with HDTV-ready television sets who use a Comcast digital cable box. For more information, call 888-COMCAST or visit

Honors and Awards

* The Disaster Relief Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association was recently recognized for its work last spring to assist tornado victims in Charles and Calvert counties. The committee staffed assistance centers and coordinated pro bono legal services through a toll-free hotline. The committee was named a "leader in law" by the Daily Record business and legal newspaper.

The committee was nominated for the award by Patrick Murphy, a longtime Southern Maryland lawyer who lived in La Plata at the time of the tornado and currently lives in Leonardtown.

* The Patuxent River Naval Air Station Fire Department recently received the Life Safety Achievement Award for the fourth straight year. The award, presented by the Residential Fire Safety Institute, recognized the department for having no fire deaths on the base this year.

-- Bonnie Smith